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Vaccination: Children

Volume 470: debated on Monday 7 January 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what mechanisms are used by GPs to identify children who are due for immunisation and who have not received it. (171808)

There is a requirement under the new General Medical Services contract and the Primary Medical Services (Directed Enhanced Services) (England) Directions 2006, that the general practitioner:

develops and maintains a register (its “Childhood Immunisation Scheme Register”, which may comprise electronically tagged entries in a wider computer database) of all the children for whom the contractor has a contractual duty to provide childhood immunisation and pre-school booster services (who may already have been immunised, by the contractor or otherwise, or to whom the contractor has offered or needs to offer immunisations).

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what responsibility general practitioners have to inform parents and guardians that children are due for vaccination. (171817)

There is a requirement under the new General Medical Services and Personal Medical Services contract and Primary Medical Services (Directed Enhanced Services) (England) Directions 2006 that the general practitioner:

(i) develops a strategy for liaising with and informing parents or guardians of children on its Childhood Immunisation Scheme Register about its immunisation programme with the aim of improving uptake; and

(ii) provides information on request to those parents or guardians about immunisation.